Agrarian Issues

Reinstate Goods Train Services to Punjab: AIKS

THE discussion on November 13, between the representatives of the 29 farmers organisations of Punjab who are in continuous agitation for the last two months with the agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and railway minister Piyush Goyal ended inconclusively due to the adamant stand of the Modi government.  In addition to the national demands of repeal the three Farm Acts and Electricity Bill, the kisan leaders demanded immediate reinstatement of the goods train services to Punjab, permanent solution to the issue of stubble burning and payment of dues to the sugarcane farmers.

Agri Workers Unions to Join General Strike

A JOINT meeting of organisations working among agricultural workers was held on November 18, at BKMU office, Ajoy Bhavan in New Delhi. It was attended by leaders of the All India Agricultural Workers Union, Bharatiya Khet Mazdoor Union, All India Agricultural and Rural Labour Association, Samyukt Kisan Sabha and All India Agragami  Krishi Shramik Union.

The grim situation of the agricultural and rural workers was discussed in detail and it was decided to take up and resist the anti-people policies of the central government and state governments.

All India Protest Day against Anti-Farmer Bills, Sept 25

The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) has given a call for observing September 25 as All India Protest Day against the three farm sector Bills. The Bills – the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill – were passed by parliament in utter disregard for established parliamentary procedures, federal principles, and rights of states and farmers.

Karnataka Land Reforms Ordinance: Inviting Corporate Capital & Alienating Small Farmers

THE central government has used the pandemic to pass ordinances that significantly changed agricultural legislations to open up agricultural markets and serve interests of large companies and corporate capital. The Karnataka government has followed in the footsteps of the central government to promulgate the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 (henceforth the Karnataka land ordinance) on July 13. This ordinance seeks to further corporate and private interests in agricultural land.

Assess the loss and provide adequate compensation: AIKS

IN a press release dated September 5, AIKS has stated that in the entire cotton-growing area of Haryana the standing crop that reached the stage of ball formation suffered massive losses due to Whitefly infestation. A total of 7.37 lakh hectares were sown with a cotton crop which is almost nine per cent more than last year. This is spread over half of the districts of the state out of which it is one of the major crops in at least five districts along with Paddy, Bajra, pulses etc., in the Kharif season.

AIKS Questions BJP Govt Claims on Agriculture

IN a statement issued on September 3, the All India Kisan Sabha noted that the data released by the BJP government recently has made clear the devastation caused by the unplanned and draconian lockdown implemented in the last week of March. Even after the misery caused by the lockdown is clear to all, the government is in a denial mode and unwilling to provide any substantive relief to farmers and working people. As a result, farmers faced an unprecedented level of hurdles in harvesting and selling the crops.

Paltry Increase in Sugarcane Prices

THE Narendra Modi led BJP government has announced the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) of sugarcane for the season 2020-21 as Rs 2850 per tonne for a recovery rate of 10 per cent. The government which did not make any increase in the sugarcane price last year has now declared only Rs 100 increase per tonne. This increase is pittance when compared to the huge increase in input costs and overall costs of cultivation.

Govt Hoarding Foodgrains in Times of Hunger is Criminal: AIKS

ON June 1, Food Corporation of India had 10.4 crore tonnes of foodgrains. Never before has the government hoarded such a large quantity of foodgrains. This is 83.3 lakh tonnes in excess of what the government needs for operational and emergency requirements. The All India Kisan Sabha, in a statement issued on June 24, has said that it is criminal to hoard such a large quantity of grains during a crisis such as the present, when hunger and food insecurity affects a vast majority of people in India.

Stop Corporatisation of Agriculture

THE All India Kisan Sabha has decided to send one lakh letters to the president, the prime minister and agriculture minister by email demanding to stop corporatisation of agriculture and ensure income support, health security, food, MSP, jobs and minimum wages. Letters were sent from the all India centre by Hannan Mollah, general secretary and Ashok Dhawale, president, on June 20. The online campaign also demands repeal of the three anti-farmer ordinances and amendment to Electricity Act.

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